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Asset Carnival promotes positive assets

The 16th annual Asset Carnival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the New Richmond Area Centre. The event goes from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and is free for all ages.

“The purpose of the carnival is to expose families in the community and children to the 40 Developmental Assets and help them understand how having these assets present in their lives will help them grow up to be resilient and strong and a good citizen,” Centre Youth, Teen and Family Manager Larissa Ruud said. “Last year, we partnered up with Westfields Hospital & Clinic and Community Education since it was the 15th annual, but we’ve stuck with that this year so we are continuing some of the bigger things.”

Local businesses and organizations support the event by hosting tables and activity stations for families.

“A lot of our events are partnership events where we have sponsors and stuff, but this event is unique in the fact is made up of all different types of community businesses and organizations that will come and host tables,” Ruud said. “We have everything from the banks in town hosting tables to Threshing Farm having a table.”

The mission of the Asset Carnival is to promote the 40 Developmental Assets that have been identified as necessary to grow healthy and resilient children.

“The way that it works is that each group will host a table and the table might have a game at it or just brochures for the business or organization, but each table would represent one of the 40 different Developmental Assets,” Ruud said. “Often times, the group will tie their activity into that asset that they are representing.”

The carnival includes a free healthy lunch, games and activity stations as well as the Teddy Bear Band. There will be prizes raffled off as well, including a Wii, iPod Nano, a bike and much more. The raffle will take place every 10-15 minutes and just by attending the event families and children are entered into the raffle. The lunch will include pulled pork sandwiches on whole wheat buns, fruit and veggies.

“It is an event that really hones in on the idea that it takes a village to raise a child and those kinds of things,” said Centre Membership Director Jackie Huff. “And who said there wasn’t such a thing as a free lunch?”

The carnival is organized by the Youth and Family Initiative in partnership with the Centre, New Richmond Community Education and Westfields Hospital.

“Right now the carnival is hosted through the Youth and Family Initiative and that operates under the leadership of the Centre,” Ruud said. “The Centre now has had this event since we’ve been around because it started when the YMCA had it.”

For more information, contact Larissa Ruud at 715-246-2252 or by email at .

“This is really cool since it is free for everyone and it is just a really fun event for everyone,” Ruud said. 

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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